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Council to generate K190 million in 2020/2021

Written by  Synd Kalimbuka
Susuwele Banda Susuwele Banda

Zomba, March 23, 2020Zomba District Council has adopted the use of E-Ticketing in selected markets which will help it raise K188, 660,000 through local revenue.

Chairperson for Finance Service Committee, Councillor, Basta Chirwa said this on Wednesday during a presentation of 2020/2021 budget at a Full Council Meeting.

“Out of K14, 679, 652, 107. 00 for 2020/2021 Financial Year Budget, the Council is committed to raise K 188, 660, 000. 00 through local revenue to support government funding,” he said.

Chirwa told Council members that with government funding only, the Council cannot operate effectively hence need to find ways of generating revenue within the Council.

"The introduction of E-Ticketing in selected markets, market supervision and posting revenue collectors to new stations are among priority areas which will make us to reach the target", he said. 

The Chairperson highlighted the need to adjust some rates and fees in order to achieve the plans.

Member of Parliament (MP) for Zomba Lisanjala Constituency, Dr. William Susuwele Banda said there was a need to think outside the box on how to generate much revenue in the district.

He advised the District Council Secretariat to rework on documents on adjustment of fees, adding that they should make consultations before implementation starts.

Out of K14.6 billion budget for the council, the health sector was been given a lion's share of K428 million seconded by the education sector which got K398 million.

The least sector was water which was allocated K3 million to cater for the whole 2020/2021 financial year.

Other allocations from government include Borehole Fund, Constituency Development Fund, District Development Fund and General Resource Fund.

Other notable structures the Council was expecting to generate more revenue from in future was Bwaila Lodge, Jali Bus Depot and Kachulu Resthouse which are under construction with funding from District Development Find.

Public Finance Management Act 2003 stipulates that before 90 days to July 1of next financial year, government departments should prepare and have its budget for submission to Parliament for approval.